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My radio history started as a Novice in 1959. Upgrading and moving led to ten different callsigns over the years including NA8M, K8HJ, AA8FP, KD8QL, WB8CIY, WA8EIY, WA2VBF, K3IVT, KN9QMQ. I received my Technician license in 1961, Advanced license in 1968 and Amateur Extra license in 1992.

My interests include CW and DX.  After years of trying, I finally made DXCC Honor Roll.

I am net control on Wednesdays for the Seagull Net (3.940mHz) and Pine Tree Net (3.596mHz), the Maine state-wide SSB and CW traffic nets.  I am Maine Section Traffic Manager.

After 35 years as a school administrator in Michigan, I retired in July of 2001. In April of 2005 we moved to Waterford, Maine and renovated an 1860's farmhouse and barn. My shack is in the family room in a roll-top desk. If I roll down the top, the radio equipment disappers.

Here's the desktop set up for the K3.  A Palstar AT2K is the tuner in the picture.  I also use a Palstar AT1500DT.  Sometimes the desktop is set up for the Ten Tec Orion.
The main rig, a Flex 6500 as well as the amplifier, an Elecraft KPA500, and an auto tuner, a Palstart AT-Auto as in the picture or a Palstar HF-Auto are all in teh shelves below the desktop on the left.
I have two antennas, a 130 foot doublet up 80 feet and 66 foot doublet up 60 feet.  The long doublet is fed with home brew open wire line.  The short doublet is fed with 300 ohm ladder line.  Both go to baluns, a coax jumper and an tuner for each. A coax switch at the desk lets me quickly switch between antennas.  Here's the 130' doublet.
It's hard to see the doublet.
I do some contesting.  Check http://www.3830scores.com/ and enter my callsign to see my scores.  Here's from WRTC 2014
I use a lot of software - DXLab Suite for logging and spotting, N4PY for rig control, SmartSDR for the Flex and NaP3 for the K3 panadapter.
My Paddle is a Begali Magnetic Professional.

73 de K1ESE

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